OOC: I WOULD LIKE TO RP WITH OTHERS AS WELL. MORE OR SO AN AURORA. But I’m flexible. I’m good with au’s and oc’s or whatever. (artwork is mine).
We had all traveled back to my village with Aurora with us. Lin couldn’t stop asking questions to Aurora asking her all sorts of things.
"And you’re a Princess?"
"Did you always want to be a Princess?"
"I didn’t really have a choice not to be…"
"And what about your Prince…?"
"Prince Phillip? I had told him…"
"And what did he say?"
"He didn’t say much…" Aurora’s voice went quiet and stopped to look away from Lin.
"And you love Mulan?" Lin asked a bit skeptical of Aurora. I looked behind me hearing Lin patronize her, "Lin, please!" I snapped with my voice filled with anger. Lin and Aurora jolted their heads up toward me and their eyes shifted elsewhere. I didn’t mean to sound harsh, but I was under so must stress and pressure. First Lin, now Aurora. I loved them both, but my parents were Difficult.
We had finally reached the large house that sat inside the familiar gates. The wood was still in perfect condition and looked as though it hasn’t aged in years. Years…It had been years… Was all I could thinking about at the moment. I stood in front of the gates taking my gloves off to touch the age-less wooden engravings. I saw a hand place itself onto mine, it was warm and inviting. I turned to see Aurora smiling at me, “We don’t have to.” She said softly her fingers gracefully intertwining with mine. I smiled a soft smile back as my heart thumped a million paces ahead. “It’s now or never…” I replied biting my lip then pushing open the gates. Lin followed us in, but halted her place when she saw the smaller houses ahead. “I..I think I’ll stay here…” Lin gulped her words down, feeling the tension already arise. I nodded at her, not even looking at her in the eyes and had Aurora follow along.
As we reached the house I felt my legs beginning to feel weak and my sight become blurry. I couldn’t tell if it was fright or sadness, but I felt Aurora’s hand brush mine trying to calm me down. She didn’t hold my hand, or try to, she knew this was no place for the physical comfort. But it was nice for her to make herself known. I didn’t look at her though, I felt if I had her see my anxiety and fear, this whole talk with go sideways. I saw the door of the house slide open a bit with someone’s head poking out, “Excuse me you-” then the voice stopped. “Mulan?” The familiar voice called, she opened the door wider and made herself present. “Mulan!” She ran up to me with a big embrace. I opened my arms letting her in, for now. “Mother…” I whispered as she held me. “I didn’t even recognize you!” She began crying as she held onto me tightly, tears of joy filling up her and her soul. I gave an awkward smile, I was happy to see them. But if it were anything but about Aurora, I would have been crying with joy as well.
"Mulan! Mulan is home!" My mother called throughout the house as she dragged me along, not even noticing Aurora’s small figure following us around. We came into the space where we would eat and sit, my Father and Grandmother were sitting on pillows on the floor enjoying tea with each other. As soon as my Father laid his eyes on me and my armor, he gave a small smile of relief and stood. He still used his cane to help him and he hobbled over and hugged me tightly, "My daughter, Mulan…" He embraced me as my mother joined in again. My Grandmother smiled at me until her eyes moved to the brunette who was right behind us, hiding from the family. "And who is this?" My Grandmother asked peeking her head around to see Aurora. "This..this is…"
"I’m Princess Aurora." Aurora bowed regally as she gave a tremendous smile. Grandmother Fa looked at me a bit peculiarly. I can’t tell if she knows…or if she doesn’t After Aurora was introduced, everyone was asking about her and who she was. It became tense as I tried to dodge the first few questions about her, but then my Mother asked, “Why did you come back now? Of all time?” I gulped down my fear and tried to address the seriousness of my decision. We all sat in silence until I felt my courage burst and I spoke the words clearer than I’ve ever heard them in my head, “I’m in love with this woman.” I felt my whole body go into shock, I even felt Aurora’s hand quietly place itself next to mine in fear as well. Everyone looked on at me with shock, except Grandmother Fa, and their eyes went from mine to Aurora’s. “What?” My mother asked in disbelief. “A woman…?” My Father added in equal disbelief.
I felt the tears beginning to show as I saw, clearly, the dishonor I had bestowed upon my family. Everything was about to fall apart and I had ruined it all. I felt my soul sink into the crevasses of my body and my heart break away. I began to remember my life before Aurora, then I had to remember when I did meet Aurora. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever laid my eyes on. I was in love…I am in love…
I stood my mouth still open. Aurora came a bit closer to me taking my hands within hers telling me, “I didn’t know if you were going to come back…but I’m glad you did.” Her smile opened up into a glorious gleam and her eyes were shining in the sun. All i could do was follow her smiles with my own. I felt my heart beat out of my chest What do I do now? I felt my whole being become possessed by some outside force and my body began to lean into hers. I felt her lips upon mine. They were so soft, like how I imagined all those days and nights with her by my side.
I heard Lin sigh with happiness for me as we parted. “Now what?” Aurora asked her countenance filled with love and joy. “Now…you shall meet my family.” I felt my heart sink when I said those words. I don’t even know how they will react. Aurora looked into my eyes with joy, “Your family?!” Aurora hugged me with triumph ready for anything with me, but I couldn’t help but look at Lin with fear. My family hadn’t seen me in years and now I bring a woman with me? What would they think of me?
I saw Lin give an encouraging smile and mouthed, “They’ll be okay…” I replied to her equally quiet, “I hope so…”
"Do I really have to do this?" I asked walking up to the familiar castle. It dawned on me that this was really happening. "Yes! Now go!" Lin protested as her arms shooed me toward the door. I just stood staring at the large iron-clad door until my hand went up and knocked on the door. "Seems like she’s not home-" I began saying turning my back on the door, but the door did open. "M-mulan?" Her voice was like velvet, soft and gentle. Inviting really. "A-aurora! Hello." My words were coming out jumbled and lacking. "Hi." I said again trying to smile, but my smile was much too wide because she just gave a shy smile and asked, "Have you forgotten something?"
Forget something like this? "I did..not. But I do have to tell you something." I said straight forwardly trying to act serious, but my smile stayed. "What is it?"
"I..We…My feelings…" I felt a million words wanted to come out, but suddenly I just blurted the thing I didn’t mean to blurt out. Well, I wanted to tell her, but not scream it at her. "I love you!"
Aurora took a step back a bit overwhelmed with what I apparently yelled in her face about. “You…what?” She asked a bit mesmerized by my words. I couldn’t tell if her reaction was good or not. This was a terrible idea, why did I trust Lin with any of this?! But suddenly a smile crept across Aurora’s lips and her teeth gleamed through. “I’ve been waiting for you to tell me…because I know love when I see it.” My mouth fell open a bit out of sorts. I had no idea what I was feeling or what I was going to do about them. She…loves me?
"After leaving home I went straight into the army, but after a few years I wandered around villages helping them-"
"You were the one who got rid of that terrible beast!" Lin exclaimed smiling. I nodded giving a grin, "I had some help from a woman named Belle. The beast was actually a Prince named Phillip. And he had asked me to help him find his Princess, Aurora." Lin smiled widely knowing where this story was to go. "We had traveled long and hard to find her and we did, but when I met Aurora, she was a bit difficult at first…actually." Mulan snorted thinking back at her past memories with the brunette woman. "We had a few arguments of pride and mindsets… But," Mulan paused giving a tender smile as she reminisced. "I grew found of her. Of her warmth, her smiles, her fears…" Mulan’s tone melted away as she spoke of Aurora.
Lin noticed Mulan’s eyes close as she talked about Aurora. “She’s indeed special, isn’t she?” Mulan opened her eyes in a jolt, unable to notice her eyes were closed all of a sudden. Mulan gave a shy nod. “I would fight for her, when Phillip was absent…”
"As soon as Aurora’s curse was broken, Phillip was cursed by a Wraith." Lin gasped as her hands went up to her mouth from fright. "A Wraith?! And you brought him back?!" Lin couldn’t comprehend the notion of even bring souls back from Wraiths. Mulan nodded again seriously, "It was for Aurora."
"And what happened? Is she here with you?" Lin beamed thinking all sorts of joyous plans for her friend. Mulan stiffened as her eyes wandered elsewhere. "She’s expecting a baby…" Lin’s brows sunk and her smile faded. "A baby…?!" Lin bit her lip trying to think of solutions. "Did you at least tell her?" Mulan stared at Lin as though she had cursed her. "Mulan! Do not tell me you left her without telling her your feelings!" Lin stood right away picking up Mulan with one heave. "You are going to march back to her and bring her to your parents!” Lin began dragging Mulan’s arms back toward where she arrived. “L-Lin! It’s not that simple!”
"Fa Mulan, you are not a simple woman!” I couldn’t help myself, being simple wasn’t an option. I grinned as Lin dragged me away from our little alleyway.
Lin looked at me shocked as I began crying. “Why are you sorry?”
"I’m sorry for being this way…" I replied not wanting to look at her anymore. She cupped my face and positioned herself in front of me with a loving smile of acceptance, "You should never say sorry for how you feel." I looked at her more in shock than she was. "W-what??"
"You heard me, Mulan. Don’t be sorry." I didn’t understand and even comprehend what she was telling me. No one had understood me, not once. And yet here Lin was, understanding me. She chuckled out as I had nothing to reply with, “Did you easily forget we are best friends?” I gave a small replied smile of affection from her kind words. She then became serious again, “So, why are you back?”
"I came back to tell my parents of me. Of my difference to everyone…" I replied breathing in my anxieties. "Why suddenly now?" Lin questioned tilting her head a bit. Because of Aurora. "I had met someone…" I began, breathing slowly and steady trying not to overwhelm myself.
Lin had taken me behind an old abandoned market that had been long forgotten since we were children. We were sitting close together, she was waiting on me to talk first. But I just sat staring at the ground. It was like we were kids again. She always had to speak first. "What is it you wanted to tell me?" Lin asking taking my hands within hers. It felt like childhood again, for her to be here with me. I heavily breathed out ready to tell her my story.
"Remember all those years ago, when the army first visited our village?"
"It must have been years ago! Maybe when we were about 12 years old!" I nodded remembering the first time the men had come through with their glistening armor all green and black, clean and ready for battle. "Ever since then I wanted to go…but I knew my parents wouldn’t allow it-"
"But you went anyways…" Lin replied in a hushed tone. "Not because of them…" My voice shook out. This was leading somewhere I didn’t want it to lead. "What do you mean?" Lin questioned her hands gripping mine tightly. I looked down at our hands, our fingers had somehow found home within each other. "I left because…" I gulped my courage and felt fear. "I knew I was different."
"Different? Do you mean because you wanted to be in the army-"
"No. Different as in…I had feelings for you." Lin brushed off the tense conversation with a smile. "Of course you did. That’s how friends are." I shook my head trying to deeply tell her my dilemma. "I had feelings for you, but not how friends should have feelings for each other…" I barely choked it out, but the whole air seemed silent from my comment. I saw her stare at me with confusion. This was it. This was an end of my friendship. Like every friendship I wanted, I ruined them because I’m like this. I couldn’t help but begin to cry. “I-I’m sorry!” I began to tell her feeling ashamed of everything.
Why have I come only now? That was a question for I couldn’t even answer. “I’m not sure…” I spoke hesitantly, like the words would come back to hurt me. Lin gave a soft smile and took my arm. “Well, standing here won’t help that answer. Let’s go see your parents.” She smiled beginning to walk me down the streets.
I could hear the people around still whispering my name in such shock it bothered me. “Lin…” I began to say stopping in our path. She looked at me confused, “Yes?”
"Maybe I shouldn’t see them." I murmured low not wanting others to hear me. Her lips pursed together in sadness and she nodded with understanding, "Then what would you like to do?" What would I like to do?
“I need to tell you why I left.” She looked at me in shock, she had known the reason. My own best friend, never knew why I had suddenly left.
I began to travel back to the town I grew up in. The little village of Magnolia. It was strange being here again, not to mention that I haven’t spoken with my family in some time. I walked around the all too familiar village spotting some people I remembered before I left. They all gave me silent stares as I walked on. I could hear some people whisper and gasp in my passing presence. “That’s Mulan, isn’t it?”
"It has to be her!"
"How long has it been?"
"She hasn’t been here for some time."
”Mulan? Is that you?!” I looked over to see who had called my name. That voice was so familiar I had to look. It was my dear old friend, Lin Yu. “Lin?” I asked in a hushed voice giving a small smile. She was different. I only remembered her as a teenager, and now here she was all grown up. “Mulan!” She came forward and hugged me. I couldn’t help but grin tremendously, her hugs were the same. “Where have you been all these years?”
"In the army, and here and there." I replied parting away from her. Then her countenance fell serious, "Your parents have been asking of you all this time…you know that don’t you?" I looked away from Lin my head facing downward. I nodded a bit in guilt and shame, "I know."
"Then, why have you only come now?"
I didn’t understand of all the times my nightmares would come back and haunt me. The only time I could remember having these nightmares was when… I paused my thoughts for a moment. When I left my hometown to join the army…maybe…it is time to go back and revisit my past?